TOPPEL, Alan H., was born in Tucson, AZ on February 24, 1933. He was an EXTRAORDINARY person who touched the lives of so many. Alan grew up in Chicago, IL, graduated from the Univ. of IL then served in the US Army. He married his love Charlotte Rollin while serving in Germany. After receiving an honorable discharge, they moved back to Chicago and he completed his Masters Degree in Hospital Administration. He became the Hospital Administrator of the Rehabilitation Facilities in Chicago and went on to become the Executive Director of the Commission of Accreditation of the Rehabilitation Institute ("CARF") for 27 years. Alan was internationally recognized for establishing the foundation that set the Standards for all Physical Rehabilitation nationwide. Alan eventually became a Teacher bringing immense joy to the lives of his students and loved this experience and the students he taught. His final crowning achievement was the idea, creation and execution of the "Tucson's Welcome Home Veterans Parade" on March 31, 2012. His magnanimous personality, sense of humor and unconditional loving heart was known to everyone he met. Alan survived several heart attacks, cancer and other complications; however, throughout these challenges he always maintained his unique sense of humor, courage, optimism, integrity and determination. He was always more concerned with the feelings of others and always maintained a unique positive attitude and fighting spirit. He will be missed by so many but will always live on in our hearts and minds. Alan is preceded in death by his devoted parents, Maurice and Helen Toppel and survived by his loving devoted wife, Charlotte; adoring children, Lori Orlov, Steve Toppel and Gayle Shemesh. He was blessed with 13 grandchildren, Blake, Brandon, Brett, Bryan, Alex, Avi, Ariel, Ryan, Melissa, Michael, Reed, Mandy and Sam. Services will be held Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 11:30 a.m. at EVERGREEN MORTUARY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile, with Rabbi Samuel Cohon officiating. Interment Temple Emanu-El Section of Evergreen Cemetery. If donations are made, please send to
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3015 North Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85705
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Apr. 23, 2013